Honey­bee Fes­ti­val will be buzzing on Satur­day

The Catoosa County News - - COMMENTARY -

The sec­ond an­nual LaFayette Honey­bee Fes­ti­val on Satur­day, June 2, isn’t go­ing any­where. In fact, the fes­ti­val is grow­ing in at­ten­dance, head­lin­ers and stages.

The city has added a sec­ond head­lin­ing per­former and is plac­ing the Head­lin­ers Stage on the western edge of the tra­di­tional fes­ti­val area to ac­com­mo­date the in­creased crowds and ven­dors. There will be a lot more buzz!

“We will have a North Stage by the Marsh House and a South Stage on the Square. We had 117 ven­dors last year and we have over 165 this year, ex­pand­ing the fes­ti­val from last year,” City Man­ager David Hamilton said. “The Head­lin­ers Stage will be on the Walker County School’s park­ing lot di­rectly be­hind LaFayette First Bap­tist Church. This lo­ca­tion gives more than twice the view­ing area than the square does,” Hamilton said.

LaFayette is proud to an­nounce this freeto-at­tend event will host two ma­jor coun­try mu­sic stars — Craig Campbell and Joe Ni­chols — head­lin­ing the fes­ti­val, thanks to spon­sors US 101— Chat­tanooga’s No. 1 ra­dio sta­tion for coun­try mu­sic.

A day of honey­bee aware­ness and fam­ily fun

The Honey­bee Fes­ti­val will BEE fun for the whole fam­ily!

The city will take honey­bee aware­ness to the next level this year with honey­bee ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties focusing on the im­por­tance of the honey­bee pop­u­la­tion’s sur­vival as well as bee­keep­ing tips, ex­hibits and demon­stra­tions.

Par­ents, BEE sure to bring the kids as the Kids Zone will be SWARM­ING with all kinds of free ac­tiv­i­ties like in­flat­a­bles, games and face paint­ing. The Kids Zone will keep the young ones happy and as “Busy as BEES.”

The BBQ Com­pe­ti­tion and Honey Com­pe­ti­tion will keep your mouth wa­ter­ing for these tra­di­tional fes­ti­val feasts. The cruise-in with an­tique cars and trac­tors will make its grand re­turn on Satur­day as well. The de­but of the Miss Honey­bee Pageant will take the spot­light Fri­day evening fol­low­ing a Steak Com­pe­ti­tion, ex­pand­ing the fes­ti­val across two days.

The Honey­bee Met­ric-Cen­tury Bi­cy­cle Ride will roll out early Satur­day morn­ing with par­tic­i­pants trav­el­ing in three sep­a­rate routes across the area.

For any ques­tions about the up­com­ing 2018 Honey­bee Fes­ti­val, visit www. my­honey­beefes­ti­val. com, face­book.com/ my­honey­beefes­ti­val, or call the City of LaFayette at 706-6391500.

BEE sure to come out to this free event on Satur­day, June 2, from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. in down­town LaFayette.

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